DOVER-FOXCROFT – An overhaul of athletic facilities in Dover-Foxcroft continues, following the opening of the Piscataquis County Ice Arena, as Foxcroft Academy officially broke ground on its new field house.
Foxcroft Academy held a ceremony Monday breaking ground on the Jim Robinson Field House, a new $5.5 million facility adjacent to Oakes Field that will house synthetic turf large enough for a regulation field hockey game, four-lane walking track, a jump pit for indoor track events, locker room, office spaces and a weight room.
This facility is one that Foxcroft head of school Arnold Shorey hopes will be a major economic boost to the community for hosting tournaments, and other events, just like the ice arena hopes to be.
“Usually you go to UMaine, or southern maine, well people are going to be coming to Dover-Foxcroft. There’s going to be a lot of players, families coming for the weekend, and with a hockey tournament on top of that, it’s going to be incredible.”
Fundraising for the venue is on going, but was boosted by the Libra Foundation, which also helped fund the PCIA, as well as a donation for the naming rights coming from the A. E. Robinson Oil Company
The final price tag continues to fluctuate with rising construction costs; though the school is optimistic to complete the project next June and cut the ribbon in August at alumni weekend.
“We feel that we still have a plan in place, that we may not get all the way there, but we still have a plan to cover that. We’re going to fund raise right up to the August 2022 ribbon cutting ceremony,” said Shorey.